Patan Devi Patna
About Patan Devi
Patan Devi Temple is a magnificent temple, located in the Chowk area of Patna. The temple comprises into two temples, Bari (big) Patan Devi Temple and Chhoti (small) Patan Devi Temple. It widely believed that the name of this district has been inspired by the name of the Patan Devi Temples.
The small or the Chhoti Patan Devi Temple stands in the Chowk area of Patna. This temple is more popular in comparison to the Bari Patan Devi Temple, however over the years the latter has emerged as more famous among the two. The temple consists of various idols of Lord Ganesh, Surya and Lord Vishnu.
On the other hand, Bari Patan Devi Temple is near the Ganga River and faces the northern side. The main attraction of the temple is that of the idols at the entrance of goddesses Mahakali, Maha Lakshmi, Maha Saraswati and Bhairav made in black stones. Various festivals or fairs are held around these temples during the time of Vijaydashmi.
The temple is visited by hordes of tourists during the days of Saptami, Ashtami and Navami. Devotees usually offer sweets, garlands and fruits to the idols. The temple is easily accessible from Patna bus station and is only 3 km from Patna Junction Railway. Tourists can also either hire taxis or rickshaws in order to reach the temple.
Being a capital city, Patna is well connected by airways. Lok Nayak Jayaprakash International Airport, popularly known as Patna Airport, serves as an important transit point for domestic as well as international tourists. Many prominent airlines like Air India, Jet Airways, Indigo, Kingfisher & Go Air operates regular daily flights to the major inbound cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and outbound destinations as well. The airport is located at a distance of 10 km from the main city centre.
Patna has its own junction in the eastern railway route, serving as a key rail head for tourists as well as commuters traveling to and from the city. Patna railway station is just 4 km away from the city centre. This junction connects the city to the major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Varanasi and Amritsar etc. It also serves as a major transit point for many express and super fast trains, connecting various parts of India.
Patna is well connected by an extensive road network system to the major tourist destinations nearby. The national highway 19, 30, 31 83 connect Patna to all the major cities of India. You can either avail the state bus service or go for private operators. There are luxury buses that ply on this route.
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Makar Sankranti, Sharad Purnima, Deepawali, Somvati Amavasya, Ram Navami are some of the other important festivals being celebrated here.
Vijayadashmi mela or fair is quite popular here and is celebrated with great devotion and harmony.
People (Almost every day) offer their offering to the god in form of fruit, milk, homemade sweets etc.
Navratri that falls two times in a year- one in the month of March or April and other in the September or October month depending on the Hindu calendar, is among the major festival here. Navratri are celebrated for over 9 days, with some people not eating any type of food that is derived from the soil for these nine days. Special ceremonies and rituals are carried during these days.
Another festival that is celebrated with great enthusiasm is the ‘Shiv Ratri’ and during this day, people keep fast, pour milk on the Shiv Lingam and offers ‘Bail’ (A type of fruit) to the god idol.